What is C Diff?

March 31, 2017

What is Clostridium Difficile Infection or C Diff?

Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming bacterium or germ that normally lives in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines).  The bacterium causes inflammation of the colon.  It accounts for 15-25% of all antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

What are the symptoms?

What increases my risk of acquiring C. difficile?

Is C. difficile contagious?

C. difficile is spread by feces.  Any surface that becomes contaminated with spores may spread the disease.  It can be spread from unwashed hands or from unclean items that are shared.  When someone touches the dirty item or surface he or she could get sick.  C. difficile can live for long periods on surfaces for weeks up to 5 months.

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There are certain food and food groups that a patient may consider avoiding during this infection.   Whole milk and milk products can cause additional GI upset.


Please call our office nurse at (317) 462-3255 if symptoms seem to worsen while on treatment

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